According to The Statistics Portal, six percent of American consumers eat fast food every day. Many Americans eat at fast food establishments because they are cheap and convenient.
Poor food choice is one of the leading causes of obesity in America, making the fast-food industry a big contributor to public obesity. Growing Spaces says that the Americans’ reliance on fast food is big news.
But, there are bigger reasons people should avoid eating at fast-food establishments. Some of them are what can be found in a fast-food meal.
Chemicals and Superbugs
Fast-food restaurants serve antibiotic-fed meat and poultry. The overuse of antibiotics in poultry and livestock paves the way for the growth of superbugs. Superbugs are bacteria that have developed an immunity to antibiotics. When humans consume antibiotic-fed meat, they can also consume superbugs.
Additionally, the same meat is made of fat trimmings and tissue scraped from the bone. Fat trimmings are prone to pathogens, microorganisms that destroy human cells.
Teaspoons and Teaspoons of Sugar
High consumption of fast-food meals increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Fast-food meals contain low nutrition and a lot of sugar. They are high in carbohydrates. And, although the human body needs carbohydrates for sugar and energy, too much of it leads to weight gain and high blood sugar levels.
Also, fast-food meals are usually paired with sweetened beverages. A 16-ounce of regular soda has 39 grams of sugar. That is more than nine teaspoons of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends a daily intake of no more than six teaspoons of sugar for American women and no more than nine teaspoons for American men.
While fast-food restaurants provide quick and cheap meal options, they pose a serious risk to human health. Properly prepared, home-cooked meals may seem like a lot of work but this is one of the best ways to stay healthy. People should not wait to fall ill before quitting their bad eating habits. Fast-food meals are cheap, but a disease-free life is more cost-efficient.